I went to IMEA Conference this weekend. The last few years I’ve been rather unexcited about attending this conference which is rather sad. You see, early in my teaching career I couldn’t wait to go to this conference because I knew I would come back to school with a bag FULL of ideas for my classes. The longer I taught it seemed the fewer and fewer things I came back with. Now this makes some sense because to some degree the longer I teach the more I should know about teaching. But I longed for the days when I came back to school excited to try out something new.
Well this year something new and exciting did happen! It didn’t happen during a session or in the exhibit hall. It happened over many suppers and late nights. I started networking! As I stated in my previous blog entry I often feel isolated in my school just because I’m the only music teacher in many of my buildings. I talk with the regular classroom teachers but I missed having someone who came at things from the same angle I do. Before conference started I had already connected with Carol Broos, who I swear is my techie music teacher twin! And that’s were the real learning began this year. Carol and I spent many hours just showing each other cool things on the net. We sat on the bed in the hotel room with our laptops running for hours! THIS is what I was missing. I was learning and I was loving it!
So perhaps this is how learning will best happen for me in the middle of the teaching career – from my network of fellow learners. I’m looking forward to it!